Adèle Mildred is a Franco-American milliner, artist and published illustrator, living and working in London. A degree in fashion took her from creative direction and graphic design to celebrity tailoring and costuming in LA. In 2009 Adèle moved to London, where she ran the couture atelier for esteemed milliner Stephen Jones – working with fashion giants including Marc Jacobs and John Galliano. Adele’s hats fuse classic Hollywood glamour, functional wearability and a pinch of Gothic. No wonder they’re so bewitching.
Aurora Burn is a visionary fashion stylist and milliner. Her creations marry technical construction with her distinctively bold and brave imagination. Under her former label, Aurora Ozma, she was accorded a place at LFW”s Headonism and selected as a finalist for Selfridges ‘Bright Young Things’ award. Once stylist to Anna Calvi, she has regular commissions from leading publications, including Vogue, Another, Dazed and LOVE. Aurora now assists the legendary fashion stylist Katy England.
Awon Golding is an award-winning London-based milliner who spent an eclectic youth in India, Hong Kong and England; a heritage reflected in her use of bold shapes, bright hues and dramatic silhouettes. Awon was selected to showcase her work at LFW’s Headonism, a millinery initiative curated by Stephen Jones OBE and the British Fashion Council.
Benoît Missolin is in every sense a creator. Born in Avignon, Benoît spent his childhood in Provence creating outfits for Snoopy and scribbling designs in the margins of his schoolbook. After attending the school of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture he completed an apprenticeship with his mentor, Christian Lacroix. Winning the Swiss Textiles Award at the Grand Festival, Benoit found his passion for millinery. His hats boldly play with the concept of pop-fashion. Luxury has never seemed so fun.
Bijoux Heart, established by Tracy Graham in 1992, creates spectacular costume jewellery, using vintage and semiprecious stones. The studio of Bijoux Heart boasts its own in-house goldsmith, a glass blowing area, and onsite gold-plating. Meticulous craftsmanship and an eye for the exceptional, has seen the award-winning label collaborate with the V&A Museum, Vivienne Westwood and Lulu Guinness. From brooches to crowns, necklaces to tiaras, Bijoux Heart’s stunning creations are as unique as they are timeless.
Frida Larsen is a London-based vintage collector and dealer turned designer. Drawing inspiration from Hollywood costume and 1940s-50s leisurewear, she creates theatrical and playful garments for women who love to dress-up. Frida created her debut collection for the Fashion and Textile Museum's exhibition 'Liberty in Fashion', which celebrated the brand’s 140th year at the forefront of fashion.
Gabrielle Djanogly is a London-born and based milliner with an unrivalled proficiency in veil making, stemming from the resolute belief that ‘a touch of line and dot makes all the difference’ – Andy Warhol. An HNC in millinery lead her straight to Stephen Jones where she veiled iconic faces from Kate Moss to Joan Collins and made for fashion’s powerhouses including Dior, Ulyana Sargeenko and Thom Browne.
Philippines-born Harvy Santos is a London-based and markedly skilled milliner. It is perhaps his earlier career, as a professional ballet dancer, that influences his striking designs, bold shapes and dynamic movement. Harvy cut his teeth working for Stephen Jones, Noel Stewart and at The Royal Opera House, and was named The Hat Magazine's Designer of the Year in 2013. He has exhibited his fearless and fun millinery at LFW's Headonism initiative.
HOUSE OF FLORA
At the helm of House of Flora is Royal College of Art graduate Flora McLean. Materials are at the core of her designs with headwear made from PVC, perspex, felt, leather, wood veneer, aluminium, steel and nylon. Whether for the catwalk or collector, House of Flora conceives wearable art: angular, architectural, avant-garde.
Jo Miller studied millinery at the Royal College of Art, before honing her skills working for acclaimed milliner Stephen Jones. With a background in Fine Art, her designs combine the conceptual and functional, incorporating traditional millinery skills to create refined, wearable hats. Playing, experimenting and exploring are at the core of Jo’s work, developing new techniques and pushing boundaries to discover the unexpected. She has collaborated with designers, including Sophia Webster and Studio XO.
Lara Jensen is a multi-skilled accessories designer and milliner, equally adept with a welder as a needle and thread. Her academic background in Fine Art and Art History are driving forces behind her elaborate designs which established her as a ‘go to’ name and launched a career that has seen her work with some of fashion and film's biggest names, including Karl Lagerfeld, Jonas Akerlund and Lady Gaga.
Leo Carlton’s mindful approach to millinery combines the conceptual and functional. Recently graduating from Cordwainers, he confidently merges digital design technology and hands-on craftsmanship, producing the practical fragile; artefact and hat.
London-based Scottish milliner, Lizzie McQuade fluently fuses traditional skills and modern materials, because sometimes femininity requires PVC! In 2013 Lizzie won Triumph’s ‘Women in Making’ award and in 2014 she was selected to show at LFW’s Headonsim, a millinery initiative curated by Stephen Jones OBE and the British Fashion Council.
Noel Stewart is a London-based milliner with international status. Inspired by contemporary art and architecture, his designs are innovative, fresh and elegant. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he worked with designers Dai Rees and Stephen Jones. Under his own label he has designed hats for Roksanda Ilincic, Erdem, Hussein Chalayan, Sibling, Viktor & Rolf, Claire Barrow and Gareth Pugh – to name but a few. With a skill set close to wizardry, Noel is a leading name in millinery and a synonym for luxury.
Piers Atkinson has many strings to his bow: artist, illustrator, milliner, costume designer, party organiser, fashion editor and DJ! The list won’t end there. An insatiable curiosity is to be expected from the son of a theatrical milliner. Following his debut collection in 2008, Piers continues to create wild, sometimes witty, ever wonderful millinery. He has collaborated with designers Ashish, Ashley Isham and Noki, and has dressed the stars and fashion elite including Anna Dello Russo, Lady Gaga and Cate Blanchett.
London-based Rachel Black combines her training in theatrical costume and experience working with Philip Treacy and Jess Collett to construct statement pieces that marry elegance and drama, fun and style. Delicate positioning and a lightness of touch result in millinery with a playful charm.
Named Britain’s hottest milliner in 2012, award-winning Sophie Beale’s signature style marries sharp lines with graceful delicacy. She has worked with eminent milliners, including Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones, and has won various awards including the British Fashion Council and Grazia magazine’s National Hat Factor. Her flair without fuss designs have seen her label grow from strength to strength and earned her a place at LFW’s Headonism.
Classically trained in wig making Tam Walsh started her career working at The National Theatre and The Royal Opera House. A time in Paris progressed her creations into mixed media sculptural designs for the windows of some of the city’s finest ateliers. From her London studio she continues to design wigs for the stars, theatre and retail while channelling her theatrical background to create dramatic headpieces with innovative materials and oodles of charm.
Established by Paul Stafford and his wife Selina Horshi, THE SEASON’s signature is delicate geometry. Paul’s MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge, and Womenswear from The Royal College of art, is no doubt the backbone of his engineering approach to millinery. Combining structural and precision craftsmanship with luxurious fabrics, from satin to leather, THE SEASON offers something exceptional and unique.
8DIX is the creative collaboration of milliner Jordan Bowen and designer Luca Marchetto. Inspired by the anti-establishment art of Otto Dix, the duo action bold designs, street-savvy styling and subversive graphics. The executions of 8DIX’s tongue-in-cheek humour and brutal irreverence is underpinned with the double act’s craftsmanship.